Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

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    Question Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    Just wondered if the golf swing had a detrimental effect on an automatic?
    ....Or any other movements?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    I dont know for a fact if it is bad or not, however I would make the suggestion that you should probably just take it off to possibly avoid any potential problems. I never play golf with a watch on, not because of any damage it may do, but because it bothers my wrist to have it on during the golf swing. Just a suggestion thats all.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    I doubt there's any problem. Autos come with some degree of shock resistant. Unless there's a big impact,the watch should be fine. When swinging a golf club in a smooth arc,there's no impact;all it does is maybe spin the rotor quickly. No concern of it overwinding also since there's a safety feature to prevent overwinding. The parts are also screwed down securely in the movement so should survive swinging motion well. Unless a dust particle somehow finds its way into the movement n your swing caused it to get lodged in 1 of the gears,u needn't worry n swing away!

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    I was always told the reason not to wear a mechanical watch when playing golf was to do with the forces involved should you miss a shot and hit the ground as appose to the ball all that vibration traveling up your club into your arm through your watch and rattling your fillings out of your head. but maybe I just can't play golf very well.
    Last edited by balla; March 11th, 2009 at 19:22.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    Don't wear it. There has been much discusion of this before.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Don't wear it. There has been much discusion of this before.
    So don't wear an auto watch at ALL? I don't think I could do that. As a general rule, I'm not wearing anything expensive during physical activity (even the debatable amount associated with golf). I mean, I'm not going to wear my Rado while on the links, but if my Amphibia daily wearer can't handle a measly golf swing, it ain't the watch for me. If it breaks, I'll toss it and get another.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    We had some discussion on that issue. Here's a link (containing three more links):
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?p=267388

    BTW: Welcome to Watchuseek.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    Check out all the tour pros that play with an automatic watch on. Granted they are being paid to represent the company. Phil Mickleson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia...
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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    I use to take my watch off to golf, but lately have been forgetting, as long as I have a glove on the watch sits against it and is padded by it so that it doesn't affect my wrist flexing for the swing. That said, after golfing three days in a row last week the springbar had so much pressure that one bend and broke... so my recommendation is not to with any watch.

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    Re: Is playing golf bad for a self-winder?

    I guess it just depends on how good you are at golf
    An automatic will take a lot more beating when you take 100 strokes a round vs. 68.
    I don't wear one when I play....that should tell you something about my game.
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